Recent failures point out importance of snow loads on roofs

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TypeArticle
Journal titleNational Builder
Volume8
Issue5
Pages1820; # of pages: 3
SubjectRoofing; snow loads; design loads; building failures; building codes; Snow and Ice loads
AbstractThis brief paper outlines the reasons for the countrywide survey of actual snow loads on roofs begun in 1957 by the Division of Building Research of the National Research Council. A number of examples of heavy drift load accumulations and building failures, including the collapse of the Listowel Hockey Arena, are used to emphasize the need for more realistic design snow loads in building codes. The aims of the survey are a) to determine the relation between snow loads on the ground and snow loads on roofs and b) to assess the factors that govern the accumulation of snow loads on roofs.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierDBR-TP-71
NRC number5230
3527
NPARC number20375243
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